Hand sanitizer plays a key role in protecting us from COVID-19, but you need to choose this product carefully. Some hand sanitizers contain a toxic substance called methanol, which can cause serious health problems.
Do not use alcohol free sanitizers due to bacteria contamination which can lead to serious infections, including infection of the skin, soft tissues, lungs or bloodstream.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing one’s nose. If soap and water are not readily available, it is recommend to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent ethanol (also referred to as ethyl alcohol).
Do not use certain hand sanitizer products that:
Is labeled to contain methanol.
Has been tested and is found to have microbial contamination.
Is being recalled by the manufacturer or distributor.
Is subpotent, meaning it has less than the required amount of ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol or benzalkonium chloride.
Is packaged in a container that resembles a food/beverage container that presents increased risk of accidental ingestion.